If you are pregnant, congratulations!
Birthright is a Remuera-based group obstetric practice formed by some of Auckland's leading obstetricians. We are committed to making pregnancy and childbirth as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
One of us is always on call 24/7 and readily available. We do not do on call for days at a time and are comparatively well-rested. We believe that this ensures the best possible care for you during this very important time in your life. We like to keep continuity of antenatal care going, so you will see the same obstetrician for this. You will of course have ample opportunity to meet all of us during the pregnancy. We achieve this by way of a monthly evening educational (and social) meeting. Our aim is that when you arrive in labour, not only will we have a good rapport, but that a trusting partnership will be in place.
Our other main point of difference is that we work in unison with our own midwives so that continuity of care and communication is optimised.
Our mums-to-be book their pregnancy care with us as there is a fairly high chance of needing an obstetrician in labour or birthing.
We are a close knit group of obstetricians with areas of special interest which include:
• normal, high risk and multiple pregnancy
• normal births
• instrumental delivery
• elective Caesarean section
• emergency Caesarean section
• the management of miscarriage.
At the initial visit at around 10 weeks, you will be asked various health related questions and have a general examination. A plan for ongoing care for the pregnancy will be worked out in close conjunction with you. Screening for foetal abnormality will be discussed and a nuchal translucency scan or further tests can be arranged after your needs have been discussed. Partners or family members are encouraged to attend visits. Although vaginal birth is thought to be the safest way for women to give birth, we believe in maternal choice and are happy to discuss your wishes in detail.
You will also be offered a scan at around 18-20 weeks and will usually visit the antenatal clinic monthly until 32 weeks gestation. From then until 36 weeks the visits will usually be fortnightly and then weekly.
We will remain your lead maternity carer until around 6 weeks after the birth of your baby at which time we will see you for a postnatal check. Our midwives will visit you to provide postnatal care during this time.